Caroline Burks is an associate in McKool Smith's Austin office, where she focuses on complex patent litigation. Caroline has been published in both legal and academic journals regarding public policy and cybersecurity. While attending law school, Caroline was selected as a Brumley Next Generation Scholar in Cybersecurity for the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. During the intensive research fellowship, Caroline focused on the intersection of policy and national security related to cyberwarfare readiness. Prior to joining the firm, Caroline gained experience as an intern with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas and also as a judicial intern for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Caroline is an active participant in her community, volunteering with a range of community organizations, and a proud military spouse who has lived in seven states (and counting). Caroline is dedicated to advancing the visibility of women in STEM and NatSec fields, has mentored teams for the Atlantic Counsel’s Cyber 9/12 competition, and has assisted students and other academics in scholarly research related to cybersecurity.

Media & Events



  • Commentary, “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment,” 33 International Journal of Intelligence & Counterintelligence 179 (2021)
  • “The Case for Presumptions of Evil: How the E.O. 13873 Trump Card Could Secure American Networks from Third-Party Code Threats,” 11 U. National Security Law Brief 95 (2021).
  • “Cultivating minds, not data points: A critical examination of education policy,” 27 Cardozo Journal Equal Rights & Social Justice 2 (2021).
  • “Getting into the International Trade Commission: A Brief Review of Jurisdictional Requirements,” 44 ITCLA 337 Reporter 44 (Summer Associate Ed.) (2020).
  • “Generating a Cyber Workforce: Too Little, Too Late and the Failures of the American Education System,” J. of L. & Tech. at Tex. (online publication forthcoming).


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2021

  • Director of Development (Vol.40) for The Review of Litigation
  • Managing Editor (Vol. 29) for the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal

B.S., cum laude, Psychology, Wayne State University, 2017

Court Admissions

  • Iowa
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas
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